I am now living in the aftermath of Christmas and New Year's. This part is not so fun, for me, at least. All that heavy eating never sits well with me, and it can take a while to fall back into healthier eating habits once again. Even so, I can look back on a wonderful year and welcome a new one.
Before baking, the batter of a snickerdoodle cookie is formed into balls and rolled in cinnamon sugar. Snickerdoodles can be soft and chewy or hard and crisp, depending on the baker's preference. I tend to lean toward the soft and chewy side of things when it comes to cookies, so this recipe yields a few batches of soft and chewy goodness. The cinnamon gives the cookies a nice spice without being overpowering -- and the cinnamon-topped look reminds me slightly of french toast. These went down very well for Christmas Eve dessert.
We had my mom's side of the family over for Christmas Day and, what do you know, more yummy food. I spent New Year's in the happy company of my closest friends. Together we watched the countdown (complete with party hats, noisemakers, and all the works), cheering and dancing to the transition of 2011 into 2012.
It was an amazing year. Here's hoping this one is every bit as amazing.
And while we're at it, let's also hope this year bears more cookies.
(adapted from Food)
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Yield: approximately 24 servings | 24 cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons white sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine butter, sugar, and eggs. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture.
- Chill dough and two ungreased cookie sheets for 10 to 15 minutes in the fridge. While you wait, mix the 3 tablespoons sugar and 3 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl.
- Roll 1-inch balls of chilled dough in the sugar/cinnamon mixture to coat. Place the balls about 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from pan immediately.